So, this is an important discussion. I really did think the 5-paragraph essay had been torched and buried long ago. However, during my last writing unit I found that’s exactly what I was teaching. This is what happens when you feel compelled to follow a script, even when you know better! So, how not to do this or how to teach this as one of many ways to write an essay? That will be part of the classroom research I am planning to do this semester as I plunge into our next unit on argument writing with research. By teaching the 5-paragraph essay as one way, though not the best way, to write essays I can cover myself AND still teach my students well. I will be writing alongside my students, which will be an eye-opener. I am hopefully going to stay one step ahead…I am planning to blog about it starting this week, so if you’d like to start a conversation with me come over to my blog at . This comment may well be my first post about this topic. Thanks, Brian for getting the conversation started.
Worse, of course, is too much shame and doubt, which leads to the malignancy Erikson calls compulsiveness . The compulsive person feels as if their entire being rides on everything they do, and so everything must be done perfectly. Following all the rules precisely keeps you from mistakes, and mistakes must be avoided at all costs. Many of you know how it feels to always be ashamed and always doubt yourself. A little more patience and tolerance with your own children may help them avoid your path. And give yourself a little slack, too!